Walk 57 – Peden’s Cove, Failford – 2 miles

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Peden's Cove is hidden inside Ayr Gorge Woodland, a Scottish Wildlife Trust reserve. This beautiful and ancient woodland is formed around an incredible red sandstone canyon, which gives the water of the River Ayr a vibrant red appearance when the sun shines directly onto it! Peden's Cove, a set of steps carved into the red sandstone cliffs, is reached a mile along the footpath. This is a fantastic walk for the whole family; not to be missed if you are in the Ayrshire area!

For a longer walk here try the Ayr Gorge Woodland figure-eight route.

Print  Dog-friendly walk

public-transport-icon-28  Parking available in Failford (KA5 5TF). Local bus service stops at this location too.

Route map - Peden's Cove

WALK REVIEW: 21st May 2016

When I completed the Annbank to Failford section of the River Ayr Way, I vowed to bring my family back to Ayr Gorge Woodland reserve. I couldn’t believe that such a lovely place existed so close to home and I had never heard of it before! The river is lined by red sandstone cliffs forming a canyon and if you go early evening as we did when the sun is shining directly into River Ayr, the water actually appears red thanks to the sandstone beneath it.

Sun shining into the River Ayr highlighting the red sandstone beneath
The seemingly red water of the River Ayr

Throughout the woods the beautiful smell of wild garlic followed us. This is the first year I have noticed that it actually flowers, lovely white blossoms lining the floor making it look like a dusting of snow.

wild garlic on Peden's Cove path
Wild garlic in flower along the edges of the path
wild garlic flower
Closeup of wild garlic flowers

It is a short enough walk to take small kids on. My two enjoyed throwing stones into the river from the path! Can anyone see the rainbow just where the stone hits the water??

Splash from a stone having been thrown into the River Ayr

When you reach the red sandstone steps of Peden’s Cove, take some time to read the information board which explains it’s fascinating history. What a peaceful spot!

Viewpoint at Peden's Cove
Peden’s Cove viewpoint

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